Welcome to Workforce Mobility Interactive 2017, Malaysia, the regional invitation-only mobility event for HR leaders and senior mobility specialists! Today's conference will see speakers from Crown World Mobility, Honeywell, PwC, and more sharing their insights into some of the biggest challenges through keynote presentations, panel discussions and interactive roundtables.
On this page, you can catch live updates from the conference, brought to you straight from InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – from all the tweets on #WMI2017 to the top advice dished out by our speakers, and photos through the day. Live feed: http://bit.ly/WMIMY2017
To inaugurate this year's Workforce Mobility Interactive in Malaysia, Human Resources' regional editor Aditi Sharma Kalra takes the stage to welcome all delegates, sponsors and speakers.
She says: "This year's conference has been produced by our colleague, Priya Veeriah, who has brought together two keynote presentations, two panel discussions, and four interactive sessions for delegates to get the most value today."
Here to make sense of the mobility landscape for 2017 is our first speaker, with nearly 20 years of experience in designing customised mobility solutions across industries.
Richard Willeter is the director of corporate services for Crown World Mobility in Asia, where his work centres around developing practical solutions that strike the right balance between cost reduction and talent strategies.
He joined Crown in France in 2009, transferred to Hong Kong in 2012, and has since become a member of the group’s senior leadership team, talent review board and an active member of AmCham’s human capital committee.
Here to present a bird’s-eye view of the influence of trends such as patriotism and the gig economy on mobility - please welcome Richard Willeter.
We welcome you to our very first interactive session. One of four topics discussed is compliance and risk navigation - moderated by HR experts, Robert Day, acting head of global immigration, Santa Fe Relocation Services, and Amit K Sexana, head of human resources, Recron Malaysia.
Diving right into our second interactive session. One of the four topics discussed is experiential learning - moderated by James Wellings, director of innovative learning, Garden International School; and Alison Hamshire, principal at Nexus International School.
As we take a tea break, let's gain some insights from Workforce Mobility Interactive 2017 gold sponsor Crown World Mobility.
Next up on the agenda is a presentation by Sow Chat Gan, Asia Pacific benefits director, Honeywell. Covering 16 countries in APAC, he has held various leadership positions in his illustrious career in rewards, within high-tech, semiconductor, telecommunications and FMCG industries over his 21 years of HR experience.
Today, he will share his tips on balancing company cost and employee welfare with an Asian-centric lense as you find out how to prioritise the various dimensions of ROI during economic depreciation. Let's now welcome Sow Chat Gan on stage.
It's now time for our third interactive session. One of the four topics discussed is on getting your return on relocation - moderated by Francois-Xavier Groleau, division manager, world mobility and immigration at Crown World Mobility; and Sow Chat Gan, Asia Pacific benefits director, Honeywell.
It's time for a lunch break. We'd like to thank silver sponsors Garden International School and Nexus International School.
Next up is an exciting panel discussion on minimising immigration and compliance issues to facilitate an efficient mobility programme. Moderated by Azah Othman, general manager global hr, learning and develoment, Scomi Group; learn more about the key considerations to take note of when expanding to a new country and how to define an expatriate assignment with tax issues outlined with panellists:
- Robert Day, acting head of global immigration, Santa Fe Relocation Services
- Michael Oh, board of directors, Pan Capital Malaysia
- Phing Phing, director of global mobility, PwC
With our last interactive now in session, one of the four topics discussed is technology for mobility - moderated by Adam Abdullah, human resources director, Weir Minerals Malaysia; and Matthew Dickerson, senior vice president and global chief information officer, SIRVA.
While delegates take a break for tea and networking, we'd like to thank gold sponsors - Santa Fe Relocation Services and SIRVA.
Time for a lucky draw! Kindly sponsored by Crown World Mobility, they're giving away a Samsung Galaxy Tab A, valued at RM1,400. Let's welcome Richard Willeter, director corporate services Asia, Crown World Mobility once again to present the prize.
For the next prize, kindly sponsored by Santa Fe Relocation Services, they're giving away a SGNL smart device. Let's welcome Olivier Jourdan, director of sales and marketing for Asia, Middle East and Africa at Santa Fe Group.
Next, we have a panel discussion on measuring the effectiveness of workforce mobility programmes. Moderated by Wilsen Isuwaren, head of human resources, Bata Malysia, the discussion will touch on metrics that can be used to track progress, retaining talent through mobility programmes and more. Let's welcome the following panellists on stage:
- Chandralakshmi Thiruchelvam, head of rewards, Heineken
- Muniandy Maruthiah, regional human resource director, Dell
- Chiou Thien-Ling, head of group human Rresources, head of group employee relations and organisational development, Tan Chong Group
As we round up an interesting day, this rapidfire session is a way to refresh and reflect upon our top learning from the day. We'll pass around the mic to our 8 discussion hosts who'll leave us with some food for thought.
As curtains close on this year’s edition of Workforce Mobility Interactive, Human Resources' regional editor Aditi Sharma Kalra takes the stage to thank everyone who made this possible – speakers, delegates and sponsors.
Here’s a list of our generous sponsors:
- Garden International School
- Nexus International School
- Santa Fe Relocations Services